Rent a Car with Driver-Guide

Ecotourism Karpathos offers car rental with a driver for your ease.

Our driver/guide will drive you to every destination in Karpathos!


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Your ultimate customized Karpathos Exploration!


It's great to have your hands free while someone experienced is driving - it's a relaxed way of road tripping, and it gives you deeper insights into Karpathos Culture and Wildlife.

Great for those Road trippers that don't fancy driving themselves, and like the company of a guide who can give you deeper insights into Karpathos best places and off beaten Beaches!

Hire a car and go with our guides on a Private - Guided tour with Safety.

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You will still have the luxury to enjoy traveling at your own pace and ''Drive Your Own Adventure'', as it is a private "safari"!

Φεβ 12, 2018
Karpathos Island,  especially in the North is an exciting place for birdwatchers!
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 The protected area of Karpathos island which is a part of the Natura 2000 network, is an important place because many birds stop during their migration from Africa to Europe and back. 
 Depending on the season and the weather, you can normally see Bonelli eagles and long-legged buzzards soaring above the mountains and plateaus. Also larks, wheatears, swallows, ravens, and varieties of swifts. 

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 We have kestrels,  peregrines, and the occasional sparrow hawk. In the spring and autumn, many eagles and harriers pass through and also bee-eaters.
In the spring we have hoopoes, herons, orioles, and cuckoos, in the autumn kingfishers and wagtails.
At sea, you will recognize three varieties of gull, including the rare Adouine, shags, and shearwaters.  
For many birdwatchers, the jewel in the crown is our very own Eleanora's falcon.  These come to us every year from Madagascar, traveling up the African coast,  crossing over the mountains, and following the river Nile. Two days from the Egyptian coasts and they are on the cliffs of North Karpathos. 

The English name and the species name eleonorae commemorate Eleanor of Arborea, Queen or Lady-Judge (Juighissa) and national heroine of Sardinia, who in 1392, under the jurisdiction conferred by the Carta de Logu, became the first ruler in history to grant protection to hawk and falcon nests against illegal hunters.

According to, in Greece, the Eleonora's falcon arrives from April on, with the older individuals mating and occupying nesting places, thereby developing loose colonies as early as May. Owing to the low food availability in the nesting areas, however, Eleonora's falcon hunts at large distances from the nest, and only a few of the birds return to the colony at night. Indeed, the area in which the falcons of one colony are active during this specific period is considered to possibly exceed 1000 km2. Thus, and since the islands where the reproductive colonies are located cannot support all the birds with food, Eleonora's falcons can be spotted during the reproductive season on the mainland of Greece as well, even in high mountains far removed from the coasts, Indeed, mature individuals that roam through the mainland of Greece can be confused with other falcon species.
The diet of the Eleonora's falcon until the end of July, when the egg-laying has been completed, consists mainly of big insects, such as butterflies, flying ants, dragonflies, cicadas, and beetles that it catches in the air with its talons, above islands or the sea (Ristow and Wink 1994, Ristow 2001). During the following period and until October, it feeds exclusively on migratory birds, a food source that is,   theoretically, infinite. After its breeding, between the end of October and the beginning of November, it flies to East Africa, especially to Madagascar, where it spends the winter, returning to a diet based on insects.

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Join our Birdwatching Tour in Karpathos island with our Local Guides and we will be happy to take you to their grounds to see them flying over our heads, listen to their happy screaming, or hunting other small birds!
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1st Day

Airport- Pigadia (capital of Karpathos)



Your guide meets you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel in Pigadia -the capital of Karpathos-. After settling into your rooms, the remaining hours

will be available for taking a first stroll, learning the history and observing the architecture of the town and visiting the historical museum.


2nd Day

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In the morning, we will be transferred to Menetes village and we will start our first trekking to Othos village.

During the hike, going to the north, we will able to stare the region of Pigadia and we will meet Aperi and Vollada villages.

Our guide will explain the history and the development of each one through the time.

Once we will arrive, we will visit the cultural museum of Othos village and after relaxing we will return back to our hotel in Pigadia.

Free time ,dinner and overnight stay in Pigadia.


Trekking altitude: 423m  - 470m
Trekking time:4 - 5 hours
Total time:7 - 8 hours


3rd Day

 On the Top!

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On this day hike we will conquer the highest pick of Karpathos, mountain Kali Limni (1215 m)!


The view from the top is absolutely marvelous and if the weather is good we can see other islands such as Kasos, Rhodes and Crete!

After the hiking we will return to Lastos region to relax!


Trekking altitude:470m - 1215m
Trekking time:4- 5 hours
Total time:5 - 6 hours





4th Day



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After our breakfast, we will start the hike from Lastos to Spoa village.

The highlight of this trail is the alternation of the natural environment because during the hiking

we can come across three different types of ecosystems.

We  will find a pinewood, a region filled with old terraces revealing the past, as well as natural springs

with cool water which take your thirst away and give you the chance to relax.


Trekking altitude:

960m  -610m- 50m

Trekking time:

4 - 5 hours

Total time:

7 - 8 hours

5th Day

Discover the Protected Area of North Karpathos!

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On this day, will start our hike from Spoa village to Olympos village –the capital of tradition and culture-.

During the hike we will enter to Protected Area (Natura 2000) and our guide will explain everything about the flora and fauna!

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The protected area of Karpathos includes 52.1 km2 of sea and about 102 km2 of land.

The area of eco-develοpment in Karpathos includes the area named “North Karpathos and Saria and coastal sea zone” covering in total 113km2 and

belongs to the network of protected areas “NATURA 2000”, coded GR4210003

which is characterised as Special Protection Area (SPA, in application of the directive 79/409/EE) and

as Site of Community Importance (SCI, in application of the directive 92/43/EE).

The rich flora includes more than 940 species of plants, 87 of which are endemic, rare or under threat of extinction.

Trekking altitude:610 m -270m
Trekking time:6 - 7hours
Total time:8 - 9 hours



6th Day

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 In the morning, we will have a guided tour through the history of Olympos village and its numerous windmills and our guide will help us to discover the secrets of this primeval community.

Here, we meet craftsmen making the traditional leather boots, fit either for labour or dancing, and others who make musical instruments for feasts and festivals.

Don’t be surprised if you happen to come across women wearing their traditional dress and baking bread in ovens alongside the narrow paths of the village.

Just thank them for the hot steaming fresh-made pastry that may slide into your palm and relish the hospitality pouring out of a welcoming verse or so-called mantinada.

Lastly, a visit to the cultural museum of Olympos will give us a compact idea of the cultural heritage of the place and its people.

After that we will start our trekking to Diafani village in which we can relax next to the sea and have dinner in tradional tavernas.


Overnight in Diafani village.

Trekking altitude:270m -0m
Trekking time:2 - 3 hours
Total time:4 - 5 hours


7th Day

 Crossing Saria Island!


We depart from Diafani by boat to Saria Island north of Karpathos and the bay named “Giaplos”.

The tour starts with crossing the island of Saria from south to north  ending up with  a guided visit at abandoned but well preserved rural settlement of Argos.

Our way back to the Palatia beach passes through the medieval pirate hamlet spread around the cove. 

After a brief interval, we all get on board our diving boat where our instructors will guide us to discover the magnificent, crystal clear seabed of Saria island,

using only a simple snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel, pair of flippers).

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Around 18:00 pm we will have returned by boat to Diafani and we will have dinner in a local restaurant.



8th Day

Departure from Diafani to the airport.

We will quickly pass by the rest of the villages of Karpathos.

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Νοε 07, 2016



For Nature Lovers, for endemic and rare flora species “Hunters” but also for everyone who wants to experience,

observe and photograph something very fresh and different.

A botanical week in the Protected Area of Regional Marine Park of Northern Karpathos Saria and Astakidonision will be a life altering experience!

We are inviting you to discover and explore this beautiful place with us because no one else knows its secrets better than we do!

We will meet the Pelophylax Cerigensis, the rarest little frog in Greece, which has been recorded in the Red list of IUCN.

We will also see the Lycias Salamander Helverseri –an endemic species- and we will hear the proud scream of the Falco Eleonorae,

a migrating falcon which takes shelter the majority of the year on these Islands.

 Karpathos and Saria Islands are affiliated with the “NATURA 2000” Network (code: GR4210003)

with more than 100 endemic and rare species of flora and fauna. They are one of the best destinations for everybody who perceive the meaning of holiday with a different – alternative way.

The following tour – program combine beautiful graphic trekking routes with observations of nature, flora and fauna.

Each path in the Protected Area has a unique ecosystem and the wide variety of plants will surprise you!


1st Day


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A guided tour through the history of the village and its numerous windmills will help us to discover the secrets of this primeval community. Here, we meet craftsmen making the traditional leather

boots, fit either for labor or dancing, and others who make musical instruments for feasts and festivals.a visit the cultural museum of Olympos will give us a compact idea of the cultural heritage of

the place and its people.

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Then, we will continue with walking in the around area meeting the regional flora and fauna for the first time.

Later, in a preserved house right across Olympos village, we will start our first activity “show cooking” preparing the most traditional meal “makarounes” and after that, we will enjoy what we



2nd Day

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Start trekking from Diafani to Olympos through a path of 7 kilometers and a mixed environment with springs, small rivers agriculture and pine trees!

We will meet the Astragalus austro – aegaeus , Anagalis arvensis ssp. Rutila , Verbena officinalis ,

Gladiolus   italicuS , Centaurea raphanina ssp. raphanina, Rapistrum rugosum,   and more!

In the afternoon, we will return through a trail which is crossing a small river and ending up at Vananda beach near to Diafani village.


3rd Day


Start trekking from Diafani to Agios Kostantinos region, through a beautiful path in which

we can find the Ophrys Ηeldreichi , Medicago Tuberculata, Arbutus Unedo , Cistus Incanus ssp. Incanus , Lithodora Hispidula , Vitex Agnus – Castus, etc.

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In the afternoon, we will walk back to Diafani through a path from the other side with a marvelous view of mountains and the coastline!


4th Day


 Anacamptis pyramidalis

Start trekking from Anakima region to Forokli beach. During the downhill,

we will cross a small river which created a unique ecosystem with rich biodiversity, big trees, small bushes, and Anacamptis Pyramidalis,

Cytinus Hypocistis, Crepis Cretica, Helichrysum Barrelieri, Stachys Mucronata, Picris Altissima, etc.


5th Day

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 Hiking from Avlona settlement to the Gulf of Tristomo, after a 4-hour trek!

At the natural sanctuary of Tristomo, we are going to spend the rest of the day, exploring the picturesque settlement, standing right upon the brink of the waves,

and the old dilapidated Italian barracks (kazarmas), swimming and snorkeling (optional). A brief voluntary beach cleaning session, attended by the staff of the marine park,

will be also available for whoever may wish tocontribute to the removal of accumulated marine debris from the seashore.

18:00 pm we will return to Diafani village by boat.

6th Day

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We depart from Diafani village by foot with destination to Avlona, a rural settlement on a high plateau which is the main supplier of farm products and a paradise of endemic plants.

We will see many different species such as Isatis lusitanica, Leontice leontopetalum, Linum arboretum, Ophrys Ariadne, Rubia Tinctoria, Gagea Graeca, etc.

In addition, in Avlona plateau, we will collect some wild vegetables in order to cook them in a traditional way!

In the afternoon, we will return through a trail which is crossing a small river and ending up at Vananda beach near to Diafani village.

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At 6:00 pm, we will start our first cooking lesson with the vegetables we collected!


7th Day

End of our Botanical Tour!

After breakfast, we transfer you to the Airport for your return flight.



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Location of Karpathos Island

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The island of Karpathos is situated in the southeast Aegean Sea between Rhodes and Crete. Covering 330 km2 , it is the second largest island of the Dodecanese with the highest mountaintop Kali Limni (1215 m). Together with the neighboring smaller Saria Island, it forms the municipality of Karpathos, which is part of the Karpathos regional unit. The island's 2011 census population was 6,181 inhabitants. This number more than doubles in the summer months as many Karpathian expatriates come to the island for their vacation with their families. Also, taking into consideration the number of tourists that visit, there can be up to 30,000 people on the island during the summer months. 

 Villages of Karpathos island 

Karpathos consists of 12 villages where most of them keep their traditional style.

Pigadia Karpathos 

Capital of Karpathos

Pigadia is the capital of Karpathos.
Here was built on one of the ancient cities of Karpathos, Poseidio or Posi , in honor of the sea god, Poseidon. There are still parts of the ancient acropolis and the Cyclopean walls that protected it. Today the city of Pigadia has all the amenities of a capital to its residents and visitors. The cafes and restaurants, which are next to the sea, give you the opportunity to enjoy unique cuisine, overlooking the fishing boats. Not so far away from the center are clean and organized beaches like the endless beach “Vronti”, Kyra Panagia, Agios Nikolaos, and Ammoopi located 6.5 km to the south. While touring the city you can enjoy images and cuisine of an authentic Aegean island. From the sights we suggest you visit during your stay here is the remains of an early Christian church of Agia Fotini at “Afoti”, next to the sea, and according to historians is built on the ruins of the sanctuary of the Dioscuri. You can also visit the chapel of Agia Kyriaki which is located 2.5 km southwest of the well and offers spectacular views of the sea and the green forest.
Every morning from the harbor in Pigadia depart small ferries that go to unique beaches “Kato Lakos”, “Kyra Panagia” “Apella” “Chai”, etc.) and to Diafani where there you get a drive to visit Olympos village.

Olympos village

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The most traditional village of Greece and the Cultural Capital of South Aegean!

The village gives a striking impression from the first moment you see it. Located on the top of a hill which is surrounded by bigger mountains and going west to inaccessible shores. Due to its location, the houses have a unique view over the Aegean Sea and therefore not unjustly been characterized by many as the balcony of the Aegean. The traditional colorful houses that climb up the two steep slopes, the windmills and the bell tower of the church give a sole and unprecedented picture. It is characteristic that during your stay here you will be able to see people who continue to wear their local costumes retain their language and idiomatic expressions. The beautiful figures of women within the colorful handmade costumes not only impress but astonish the visitors.  For these reasons, the village of Olympus is described as a living folk museum where visitors outside of the unrepeatable beauty can meet the truest Greek hospitality. Among the most remarkable sights of the village is the church of Panagia from the 16th century with had wood-carved temple and the murals. You can also visit the traditional flour mill, the folk museum of artist Vasilis Hadjivassili, the monastery of Chrisovalantou located at the entrance of the village, a must also to visit is Ancient Vrykous, where the ruins of the 4th century. 

The region of Olympos lies in the north of Mount Kimaras and includes not only this northernmost part of Karpathos, but also the islet of Saria, which is separated from Karpathos by Steno, a straight about 100 meters wide, created by soil erosion. The Olympos region has an area of 37 square kilometers, excluding Saria, which is about a third of the whole island of Karpathos. Most of the region is extremely mountainous and covered with woods. The main mountains are Ais Ilias (718 m), Orkili (713 m), Kimaras (692 m), Stioi (639 m), Malo (635 m), Korifi (588 m), Oros (561 m), Asia (531 m) in Karpathos and Pachis Vounos (630m) in Saria. The most important plains of the region are the valleys of Avlona, Ahordea, and Kilios in Karpathos and the valley of Pila in Saria. Smaller in an area but still important, as far as agricultural production is concerned, are the regions Pei (the name comes from the ancient word πεδίον=field), Kampi, Ammoi (from the ancient word αμμόγη=sandy soil) in Karpathos and Nappa (valley) and Argos (plain close to the sea) in Saria.

Diafani village 

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Diafani is a small fishing village with a small harbor, which is the harbor of the traditional and historic village of Olympos.
Offers few opportunities for accommodation, but it is an amazing place for a quiet holiday in beautiful surroundings. Also offers friendly the local cuisine and fresh fish at the seaside taverns.
You’ll enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters and beaches of Diafani the adjoining beach of Vananta.
It is easily accessible from the town by car or by boat from Pigadia.

By boat from Diafani you can reach the most quiet little harbor in the picturesque village Tristomo, many unspoiled beaches and the islet of Saria as well.

Spoa Village

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Spoa built at an altitude of 350 meters, has about 200 residents and it is located at 24km from the capital. This is area is a part the island that combines laced beaches, mountains and trees. The mountainous village of Spoa can watch the two better moments of the Karpathian seas: The Sunset and the Sunrise. Residents are engaged in viticulture and animal husbandry ad they keep alive their customs and traditions. The precious treasure of this village though is found more coastally around 5 km away from the village and is the magical and graphical gulf with the spotless and transparent beaches. 

Mesochori village

mesochori village 

Mesochori village, together with Spoa and Olympus are the upper villages of Karpathos and it's situated in the middle of the island around 34 km from the capital. An incredibly figurative village and in order to get there visitors must follow one of the most beautiful routes through a dense pinewood forest. Main attraction in Messochori is the great church of Panagia Vrissiani, built above the magnificent fountain with natural spring. Additionally the village has an amazingly beautiful landscape and is a traditional settlement where cars are able only until the edge of the village. In the narrow alleys with the whitewashed steps, visitors will discover homely hospitality and walk around and take pictures of the decorations at the traditional houses.

Menetes village

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The larger village of Karpathos 8km from the town of Karpathos. It looks like a colorful eagles nest, since it is built amphitheatrically on the side of the Prophet Elijah. Traditional architecture with colorful houses and narrow paths.Characteristic of the village is the great church of Panagia, with a carved, unique wooden temple, built on the impressive Sacred Rock.From the courtyard of the church you see in front of you the whole village and from up there a unique view to the capital of Karpathos Pigadia. In mid-August the Panagia is honored with the biggest festival of the island.The quiet stroll in the small paths of the village is a unique experience. Rustic taverns and cafes offer incredible dishes. Just outside the village is the church of Agios Mamas, a church with unique architecture and frescoes dating from 1300. In Menetes is also the home the Folklore Museum, with collections of archaeological findings, pottery, agricultural implements and sculptures. At the top stands the impressive church of Agios Spyridon.

Arkasa village

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Arkasa is located 16 km from Pigadia . It is a coastal village characterized by important historical monuments and strong marine landscape that surrounds it.If you visit you can admire ancient monuments including the remains of the ancient city of ARKESIA, located at Cape Paliokastrou.Also in the same region are the parts of an early Christian basilica of St. Anastasia. This temple dates from the 5th century and hosts some fine examples of art which are reflected in the mosaic floors. Even during your stay here, you can visit the historic monuments of St. Sophia and Ypapanti.Visit the Archaeological Museum. In Arkasa you can choose the accommodation that suits you from a great selection of hotels and apartments. The beach of Agios Nikolaos is unique. Large waves give the possibility of different experience. 

The Protected Area of Karpathos

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The protected area of Karpathos includes 52.1 km2 of sea and about 102 km2 of land. The area of ecodevelοpment in Karpathos includes the area named “North Karpathos and Saria and coastal sea zone” covering in total 113km2 and belongs to the network of protected areas “NATURA 2000”, coded GR4210003 which is characterised as Special Protection Area (SPA, in application of the directive 79/409/EE) and as Site of Community Importance (SCI, in application of the directive 92/43/EE). In its greatest part the area is mainly mountainous with deep gorges, streams and rough relief with steep inclination, while coasts are rough, rocky and sometimes covered with pine trees. The dominant vegetation is phrygana while along the east coast there are clusters of Pinus Brutia (Calabrian Pine). There is great biodiversity in the protected area which is characterised by a variety of rare and endemic plants and animals protected by international agreements and the Greek law. Some typical examples are the Lyciasalamndra helverseni (Lycian Salamander) which is the only endemic Urodela species in Greece, and the frog Pelophylax cerigensis, a local endemic species of Karpathos. Both are considered to be highly threatened with extinction.     



The rich flora includes more than 940 species of plants, 87 of which are endemic, rare or under threat of extinction.

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In the northwest part of the island, there is the bay of Tristomo, one of the most important parts of the protected sea part. Tristomo is a closed bay with a natural port and two imposing rocks on both edges of the entrance.

The sea underlayer of the bay is soft and sandy on the inside and hard on the outside. On the hard layer there exists a large population of the bivalve Arca noae while on the inside swampy layer there is a significant part of the population of the bivalve Pinna nobilis.

The island of Saria is characterized by steep cliffs, scree slopes and rocky coasts. Along the coastline, there are surface and undersea caves which are proper shelters for the Mediterranean seal. In the terrestrial area there exist vast shrubs, brushwood, phrygana, clusters of Pinus Brutia (Calabrian Pine) as well as isolated deserted olive groves. 

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The whole island has been characterized as a Site of Community Importance for the birds of Greece according to the directive 79/409/EEC, hosting various rare and endemic species of animals and plants and being of significant archaeological value.
Both Karpathos and Saria are the most suitable areas for threatened species of undersea fauna and birdlife to live and develop thanks to their geomorphology. The Rocky caves of the coasts are home to the Mediterranean seal Monachus Monachus. In the coastal rocks, there are nests of Eleonora’s falcon and Audouin’s Gull. Saria also hosts an important part of rare predators such as Bonelli’s eagle, the long-legged buzzard (Buteo rufinus) and Eleonora’s falcon.

The protected area is also of great archaeological interest. In the ancient towns of Vroukounda and Nisyros, there are tens of underground graves, ruins of walls and forts, part of the Hellenistic walls, but there are also Byzantine monuments, as those towns were inhabited until the 7th century AD.

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